Holmes Scholars Program

Holmes Scholars Program

The Holmes Scholars Program at Indiana University provides a supportive environment to doctoral students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

  • Connect with peers in the School of Education
  • Engagement with IU School of Education faculty in regular mentoring meetings
  • Membership in a national network of peers with access to dedicated online social networks.
  • Mentoring opportunities by Holmes Scholar alumni currently in academia and other leadership positions.
  • Opportunities to present their research at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • Dedicated mentoring programs at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • A job fair at the AACTE Annual Meeting and access to position announcements through the year.
  • Annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute in Washington, DC, including participation in AACTE’s Day on the Hill and networking events associated with the AACTE State Leaders Institute.
  • Attend the AACTE Holmes Scholars® Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities at the school level, campus level, and national level, such as participation in conference presentations and policy/advocacy training

  • Two-to three-year commitment to the IU AACTE Holmes Scholars® program
  • Attendance to monthly IU AACTE Holmes Scholars® program meetings & sponsored events
  • Engagement in collaborative research with annual refereed publication and presentation deliverables
  • Excellent academic standing in your program
  • Collaboration with School of Education faculty, community partners, and other university faculty
  • Participation in/facilitation of community-engaged projects with the IU School of Education Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Engagement in your specific professional organizations both locally and nationally
  • Attendance at the AACTE National Conference

Meet a current Holmes Scholar

Aaminah Long

Aaminah Long (she/her) is a current Ph.D. student studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her primary research interests center on the relationship between diversity efforts at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) and functions of antiBlackness. Much of her work is informed by her experiences witnessing the impact of the opportunity gap while growing up in a predominantly Black and working-class neighborhood in Chicago.

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Program History

The Holmes Scholars Program was established in 1991 by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to support doctoral students enrolled in education programs from historically underrepresented communities. Approximately 700 Scholars now hold positions as tenured faculty and university administrators since the inception of the program.

The goal of the program is to provide mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities to Scholars, who will serve as outstanding candidates for future faculty and leadership positions.

Holmes Scholars Advisory Group

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Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

(812) 856-8155
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Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Director, Balfour Scholars Program

(812) 856-8233
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Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies